Passengers gather for bus shake-up debate

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BUS passengers are gathering this evening for a public meeting to discuss a shake-up of Sheffield’s network.

The debate is at St Mary’s Church, Bramall Lane, from 5pm today and will be attended by operators, councillors and transport chiefs.

Before the event, Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield has announced he is backing a campaign by Nether Edge residents to save the number 4 bus, which is the only service on Psalter Lane but is earmarked for the axe.

He said: “Withdrawal of the bus would have an extremely negative impact on many of my constituents.”

A petition signed by hundreds of people is to be presented at the meeting urging transport bosses to keep the route.

Meanwhile, Birley councillors Denise Fox, Karen McGowan and Bryan Lodge, and Base Green Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, have expressed dismay over proposals for the future of bus services in Base Green.

Service 44, which runs from the city centre to Crystal Peaks via Base Green and Birley, could be changed to terminate at Birley in the evening, removing the link to Crystal Peaks. Elderly residents are unhappy the only alternative would be Supertram - an uphill walk away.